Current perspectives on the advantages of 3-T MR imaging of the wrist

Avneesh Chhabra, Theodoros Soldatos, Gaurav K. Thawait, Filippo del Grande, Rashmi S. Thakkar, Kenneth R. Means, John A. Carrino

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Abstract

The use of 3-T magnetic resonance (MR) imaging systems with improved coil designs and high-resolution MR imaging sequences allows visualization of the musculoskeletal anatomy in exquisite detail and accurate characterization of abnormalities both in soft tissues and in bone. Current high-field-strength MR systems offer particular advantages for diagnostic imaging of the small joints of the extremities, especially the wrists, where multiple overlapping soft-tissue structures may be visually inseparable at lower field strengths because of limited contrast resolution. Diagnostic accuracy obtained with 3-T MR imaging of the wrist performed with an acquisition protocol that includes three-dimensional and proton density-weighted imaging sequences is nearly commensurate with that obtained with MR arthrography. Abnormalities of the ligaments, tendons, cartilage, nerves, blood vessels, and bone are clearly depicted, allowing accurate characterization of perforations, tears, and fractures, as well as various soft-tissue and intraosseous lesions (eg, ganglion cysts), vascular malformations, aneurysms, and neuropathies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)879-896
Number of pages18
JournalRadiographics
Volume32
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1 2012

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Wrist
Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy
Ganglion Cysts
Bone and Bones
Arthrography
Vascular Malformations
Diagnostic Imaging
Tears
Ligaments
Tendons
Cartilage
Aneurysm
Blood Vessels
Protons
Anatomy
Extremities
Joints

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  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging

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Chhabra, A., Soldatos, T., Thawait, G. K., del Grande, F., Thakkar, R. S., Means, K. R., & Carrino, J. A. (2012). Current perspectives on the advantages of 3-T MR imaging of the wrist. Radiographics, 32(3), 879-896. https://doi.org/10.1148/rg.323115741

Current perspectives on the advantages of 3-T MR imaging of the wrist. / Chhabra, Avneesh; Soldatos, Theodoros; Thawait, Gaurav K.; del Grande, Filippo; Thakkar, Rashmi S.; Means, Kenneth R.; Carrino, John A.

In: Radiographics, Vol. 32, No. 3, 01.05.2012, p. 879-896.

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Chhabra, A, Soldatos, T, Thawait, GK, del Grande, F, Thakkar, RS, Means, KR & Carrino, JA 2012, 'Current perspectives on the advantages of 3-T MR imaging of the wrist', Radiographics, vol. 32, no. 3, pp. 879-896. https://doi.org/10.1148/rg.323115741
Chhabra A, Soldatos T, Thawait GK, del Grande F, Thakkar RS, Means KR et al. Current perspectives on the advantages of 3-T MR imaging of the wrist. Radiographics. 2012 May 1;32(3):879-896. https://doi.org/10.1148/rg.323115741
Chhabra, Avneesh ; Soldatos, Theodoros ; Thawait, Gaurav K. ; del Grande, Filippo ; Thakkar, Rashmi S. ; Means, Kenneth R. ; Carrino, John A. / Current perspectives on the advantages of 3-T MR imaging of the wrist. In: Radiographics. 2012 ; Vol. 32, No. 3. pp. 879-896.
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